Police are looking for information on an alleged burglary that occurred at the Lynch City Maintenance Department area in the Lynch City Hall building.
According to Lynch Mayor John Adams, the city’s maintenance department was broken into sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
“They went through a chained, deadbolt locked door,” Adams said.
Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said KSP Trooper Kenny Sergent is investigating the case. A chainsaw, two weed eaters, a leaf blower and pipe fittings were all taken from the maintenance building. The chainsaw, weed eaters and leaf blower were all Stihl brand.
Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge said multiple water meters and various additional tools were also taken. The city estimates the value of the stolen items to be in excess of $6,000.
“We had a break-in about six months ago, and had replaced all the tools they got at that time,” Adams explained. “So what they got this second time was relatively new.”
Adams said the incident will have an impact on the city’s ability to perform regular maintenance.
“We’ve had to reorder the repair kits for the water lines,” Adams said. “We probably won’t get those until next Monday. If we have a leak, we’ll have to go beg or borrow from Benham or Cumberland and pay them back.”
Adams said it will probably take approximately one month to fully equip the maintenance department and get everything running normally again.
KSP is asking for the public’s assistance. Jacobs asks anyone with information on the incident to call Kentucky State Police Post 10. Any person providing information may remain anonymous.
In other police activity:
• Keith Lamb, 42, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Lewis on Wednesday. According to the arrest warrant, Lamb entered a residence along with co-defendant Rachel Brock and took approximately $500 in cash. Lamb was charged with second-degree burglary and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center;
• Keisha Holland, 30, of Eolia, was arrested by Cumberland City Police Chief Cody Williamson on Wednesday. She was charged with theft by unlawful taking under $500, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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